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January 17, 1988
In his Jan. 3 letter, Neil Buttram of Occidental Petroleum Corp. indicated that Elizabeth Mortimer's letter of Dec. 27, plus three others, had made totally unfounded attacks on Oxy, particularly on its operations at the Pico-Doheny oil drilling site in West Los Angeles. To anyone aware of the situation, his letter contained a lot of malarkey which would indicate that he didn't know what had been going on there for the last 25 years. Contacts I have had with people in this area show just the opposite from what he claimed.
April 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy and Lisa Girion
Federal officials said Thursday they hoped a new "rescue pen" would help reduce the death toll from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale, by prescription, of the prefilled auto-injector of the drug naloxone that caregivers or family members can use to reverse the effects of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and heroin. Available until now only by syringe, naloxone has been a workhorse drug in emergency departments battling the relentless rise in painkiller overdoses over the last decade.
May 26, 1985
Regarding "Hammer Says Oxy Won't Prevent a Hostile Takeover" (May 22), the headline makes it incorrectly appear that Occidental would not prevent a hostile takeover effort. Because of Occidental's strong financial position and the loyalty of the stockholders, whose interests are well taken care of by the mangagement, it is not necessary that we take extraordinary action to position our company to defend itself against a hostile takeover. With almost $1 billion in working capital and available, but unused, credit commitments of almost $2 billion and the strong managment team we have in place, Occidental is in an excellent position to vigorously rebuff any raider.
March 13, 2014 | By Shan Li
Rick Perry is coming back to town. The Texas governor will be in Los Angeles next week to try to persuade local corporations to relocate to the Lone Star State. This is his third swing through the Southland since last year, and Texas this time around comes armed with a $300,000 advertising blitz. He returns with a big victory under his belt: Occidental Petroleum Corp. The Los Angeles oil giant, whose roots in the region go back nearly a century, announced last month it is relocating to Houston.
July 31, 2000
Once again, both political parties will have a chance to demonstrate that "conventional wisdom" is an oxy-moron! TIM I. MARTIN Corona
October 30, 1988
What an ironic twist for Occidental to label families opposing the industrialization of residential and recreational areas "elitists." As an ordinary housewife trying to survive Oxy's industrial harassment (the reader lives near the oil derrick on Olympic Boulevard), allow me to tell you the true meaning of this word. Elitists are the Oxy executives who spend their weekends at the country clubs while ordering a derrick to bombard our homes with noise morning, noon and night. Elitists are the former city hall officials who pushed the oil drilling in our densely populated residential neighborhood and then joined Oxy's payroll.
May 12, 1987
"Elitists" in the Oxy case are not Pacific Palisades families, or millions of Californians trying to save the beautiful coastline from industrial oil drilling, but an oil tycoon and two mayors, who sold their soul to the Almighty Dollar. "Elitist" Chief Executive Armand Hammer, a multibillionaire, would devastate the people's beachfront with Oxy's blasted rig. Oxy's rig is an industrial eyesore. Westside homes have already been ruined by the Pariah help of oil pipelines. Thousands of feet are hauled up from the wells and stacked daily alongside Oxy's unsightly rig. From morning, noon to night, Oxy's rig works repeatedly over 56 oil and gas wells.
March 2, 2002
Re "The Bush Oil-Igarchy Protection Package," Commentary, Feb. 22: Arianna Huffington makes the ludicrous argument that campaign contributions made by Occidental Petroleum during the Clinton era induced the Bush administration to propose funding a plan to protect an Oxy pipeline in Colombia. Last year, terrorist attacks on the pipeline, operated by the Colombian government, cost Colombia a half-billion dollars. The government gets 85 cents of every dollar of revenue. The disruptions devastated the state of Arauca (population 240,000)
August 21, 1987
Occidental Petroleum's scheme to drill along the Pacific Palisades beachfront, an environmentally sensitive area, is once again being palmed off as perfectly "safe and sound." Never a truer word spoken through falser teeth of a rig's jaw. There appears to be two Oxy's--the factual and the fictional. This one exists only on paper: A simply marvelous creation of Oxy's compatibility with family living. Illusionary, the PR picture conjures up oil stroked from sweet smelling wells and gas simply processed like a formula for baby's milk.
June 21, 1988
What a surprise to read that Bradley treats ordinary people with the same consideration as he does former city aides turned lobbyists. Excuse me for not applauding. But I must speak as I find. Case in point: On behalf of Westside residents living next to Occidental Petroleum's gas processing site, I begged Bradley to enforce fundamental zoning laws. Please stop Oxy pulling up tons of metal pipelines from the oil pits during families' dinner hour. Please order Oxy to cover the skeletal frame derrick in a soundproof unit.
September 10, 2013 | By Lisa Girion and Melissa Healy
Responding to calls to stem a growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction and overdose deaths, federal officials are urging doctors to reserve the most powerful pain drugs for patients who need long-term, around-the-clock treatment that can't be managed by other means. Leaders of the Food and Drug Administration said they hoped new drug labeling guidelines unveiled Tuesday would prompt doctors to be more cautious in prescribing long-acting and extended-release forms of oxycodone, morphine and other narcotic painkillers, known as opioids.
August 16, 2013 | By Scott Glover
A state senator from Nevada has joined a California lawmaker in requesting that drug maker Purdue Pharma turn over the names of doctors the company suspects recklessly prescribed its pills to drug dealers and addicts. Sen. Richard "Tick" Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) sent a letter to Purdue on Friday requesting that the company immediately provide Nevada's medical board with the names of Nevada physicians contained in a database of suspect doctors maintained by the company. Segerblom, chairman of Nevada's Senate Judiciary Committee, said he believes Purdue "has an ethical, if not legal duty" to inform state authorities of doctors who appear to be irresponsible prescribers of OxyContin, a potent painkiller that was highly prone to abuse before its reformulation in August 2010.
August 12, 2013 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
Two state senators on Monday called on the maker of OxyContin to turn over the names of California physicians it suspects recklessly prescribed its pills to drug dealers and addicts. The lawmakers were responding to an article in The Times on Sunday that described a decade-long effort by Purdue Pharma to identify potentially problematic prescribers of its potent and addictive drug. The Connecticut-based company amassed a database of some 1,800 doctors who showed signs of dangerous prescribing.
August 11, 2013
1996: Purdue introduces OxyContin for pain management. 2002: Amid growing reports of addiction and overdose deaths associated with OxyContin, Purdue launches an internal program to identify potential reckless prescribers. 2007: Purdue pays more than $600 million to settle government charges that it trained its sales representatives to mislead physicians about the risks of addiction and overdose from OxyContin. 2010: A tamper-resistant reformulation of OxyContin is released.
August 11, 2013 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
Over the last decade, the maker of the potent painkiller OxyContin has compiled a database of hundreds of doctors suspected of recklessly prescribing its pills to addicts and drug dealers, but has done little to alert law enforcement or medical authorities. Despite its suspicions, Purdue Pharma continued to profit from prescriptions written by these physicians, many of whom were prolific prescribers of OxyContin. The company has sold more than $27 billion worth of the drug since its introduction in 1996.
May 6, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Occidental College faculty Monday overwhelmingly voted resolutions of no confidence against the campus attorney and another high-ranking administrator for what critics contended was their inadequate responses to allegations of sexual assaults against women at the Los Angeles liberal arts school. The symbolic vote comes two weeks after a group of Occidental students, faculty and alumni filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the school failed to protect women from sexual assaults over the last few years.
April 29, 2000 | GREG RISLING
Nearly all of the speakers who helped open the Alzheimer's Assn. Center at Cal State Northridge on Friday have been deeply affected by the degenerative disease. Actress Shelley Fabares, who starred in the television programs "The Donna Reed Show" and "Coach," lost her mother eight years ago to Alzheimer's. Former Pasadena Mayor Katie Nack's husband is in the latter stages of the disease. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky watches a close relative struggle with some symptoms.
April 17, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Three years after it approved a version of the opioid analgesic OxyContin designed to discourage the painkiller's abuse, the Food and Drug Administration has effectively barred the original form of the drug from ever reaching the legal U.S. market. The agency says it will approve no new applications from generic drug manufacturers to produce cheaper versions of OxyContin in its original form. OxyContin has been one of the nation's most abused prescription painkillers, in part because as those addicted to the potent drug built up tolerance for it, they could easily ground it up or dissolve it in water, making the potent extended-release drug easy to snort or inject for a faster, more intense high.
April 8, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s board of directors issued an unusual statement Monday, deploring what it called "inaccurate speculation" and saying that there was "no fight at the top" involving the company's senior management. Analysts said that the statement was unlikely to quell questions and confusion among shareholders over the Westwood company's succession plans -- including reports that Chairman Ray R. Irani was trying to force out Chief Executive Stephen I. Chazen. The statement by the Occidental board mentioned that last year "presented challenges, including disappointing stock performance.
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